Holiday Book Haul – June 2017

I’m off on holiday to Greece soon and I wanted share some of the books I plan to read when I’m away! When on holiday I normally read a book a day which is a readers dream. But this year we’re going for two weeks and I think taking fourteen books in my suitcase is a bit excessive so I’ve limited myself to seven! All of the books I plan to read on holiday will be reviewed so keep your eyes peeled for lots of book review in the near future!

One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – I am so excited to read this book as it’s described as a cross between The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars, two things I absolutely love! I haven’t even read the first page yet and I’ve already tried guessing who the murderer is. One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. I love mystery thrillers and books that make me think and this book I think ticks both these boxes!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – FINALLY! Another book I’ve been dying to read forever and now I finally have the time to sit back and read it! I’m looking forward to seeing more of Rhysand and Feyre because I know a lot of people ship them and from some of the fan art that I’ve seen of them, makes me want to ship them too!

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – I couldn’t not bring the third book in the series as I’m sure as soon as I finish the second book I’ll be dying to read the third!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – This series never ends and I’m so happy about it because this is such a cute and lovley series. I’m planning to bring lots of fantasy books on holiday and relised that I needed a cute contemporary to change things up, so why not pick something I love that is Jenny Hans wonderful series ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’. Lara Jean is such a perfect protagonist who I love reading about and if you haven’t picked up this series yet then I highly recommend you do!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I was standing in Waterstones and saw this book, next minute you know I’m at the checkout buying it raving about how good it sounds! Every night brings horror to a different family in the land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen year old ruler takes a new bride every night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it’s a terrible surprise when Shahrzad volunteers to become his bride but she does it with a plan to end this madness once and for all. But all is not what it seems and she may be beginning to fall in love with a murderer…

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite authors and this series is pure wonder! The first book left us on such a cliff hanger and I can’t wait to jump back into the world of Grisha! Everything about this series is amazing from the characters and the action. If you haven’t picked up this series, then stop what you’re doing and read it now!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I don’t have much left of this book so hopefully I can finish it on the plane journey. So far I am really enjoying it but I’m not looking forward to the ending as knowing Cassandra Clare she’s going to leave us on a cliff hanger and begging for the third book!

On The Fence – Kasie West

Kasie West never fails to make me fall in love with her writing, story and characters as they are all just so cute.’On The Fence’ was a lovely and easy read which only took me a couple of days to read, I only wish there was more of it *hint hint*. Once again her characters were unique yet down to earth and relatable which I really enjoyed and it was very easy to fall in love with all of them!

‘On The Fence’ follows the story of sixteen year old Charlie, who can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows thanks to her three brothers but when it comes to being a girl Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers.

Like I’ve already mentioned I loved every single character, especially her brothers who were all really understanding and cool and I loved all the banter between them! My favourite had to be Gage as he was the brother who understood her the most and couldn’t keep a secret from her as well as being the one she would seek advice from and to. To some extent I could relate to Charlie, as I love sports, I’m never one for skirts or dresses and don’t have much knowledge of make up etc. so it was nice to be able to relate to a character for once. 

In my opinion, Braden was the perfect match for Charlie. He was understanding and he always knew what to say as he would tell her to date a guy that would like her for who she really is and not for who she is pretending and trying to be and to find a guy that enjoys the things she enjoys; and he was the answer. He was the one that would go to his front yard and talk to Charlie at midnight and from these chats we learned that he was the one who knew her better than she knew herself.

The storyline was cliche and predictable but I didn’t mind that because at the time I was only looking for something cute and fun to read and that is exactly what I got from this book. All the events in the book were cleverly linked with simple and heartfelt writing you could easily go along with and I really enjoyed reading from Charlie’s POV but I would have loved to have seen some scenes from the POV of Braden.

In conclusion, it was a perfect summer read which was easy and cute read which I recommend to all those who are looking for something light and fluffy to read! I would probably give it 4/5 stars because it was such a lovely read but when I compared it to other contemporary books it just wasn’t as good.

 

Booktube-a-thon – 2015 TBR

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It’s that time of year again and the annual summer booktube-a-thon is upon us again! Never have I ever participated in a read-a-thon but the idea sounds like great fun and I thought why not give it a go! The Booktube-a-thon is a read-a-thon hosted mainly on Youtube but I thought I would do it here on our blog. You can check out the official video and channel here.

The Booktube-a-thon runs from the 3rd – 9th August and the aim is to read severn books which match the challenges given. The challenges include 7 book-related tasks (that can be combined) to set up your to-read list.

Here are the 2015 challenges:

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book
  4. Read the last book you acquired
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it
  6. Read a book you really want to read
  7. Read seven books

My TBR consist of…

1. The Assassins Blade – Sarah J Maas

I am a huge fan of Sarah J Maas and I usually wizz through her books really quickly, so I thought it would be a good pick for a read-a-thon! Plus its got a lot of blue on the cover!

2. A House Somewhere – Various Authors

Finding an author on my book shelf with a surname beginning with ‘W’ I thought would have been easy but I thought wrong! So this is a bit of a cheat, I picked this book because it contained a load of short stories, some of which are written by authors with surnames beginning with ‘W’. I also have to read this as a part of my English course next year so why not read it now.

3. Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

This is my sisters favourite book, and finally after years of pestering and persuasion, I’m going to give this series a go! I loved her ‘Mortal Instruments’ series and the ‘Shadowhunter’ world so I have high hopes for this series too!

4. Talon – Julie Kagawa

After receiving ‘Rouge’ on Net Gallery, I decided to pick up the first one in the series in ‘The Works’ for only £1.99!! Bargain. I myself love dragons and everything to do with them so when I heard about this book I nearly freaked out and now can’t wait to read it.

5. David Golder – Irene Nemirovsky

Irene Nemirovsky is one of my newly found and adored authors! After reading her most famous book ”Suite Française” (which I highly recommend to everyone), I wanted to read more of her work. ‘David Golder’ is only 150 pages so it’s a nice short read which I hopefully won’t be able to put down.

6. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

I read ‘Shadow and Bone’ about a year ago and really enjoyed it. I’ve also heard so many good things about this series and have had many people recommend it to me!

7. Amy and Rodgers Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

Dependant on time, I do hope to read this but if not I’m sure I will read it when on my travels later this year. At the moment, I’m feeling a contemporary kick.

Being my first read-a-thon, I doubt I will be able to complete all the challenges but I hope to complete as many as possible. Again, I hope to post daily updates to track my progress or maybe post a summary post at the end of the week! Let me know if you are also participating in the BookTubeAThon and what you plan to read! Good luck!